Born 1909 in Milestone, Canadian photographer Archibald Albert “Archie” Renwick moved to Nelson in the late 1920s and graduated from Nelson High School. In his youth, he worked at Renwick’s Transfer and Taxi on Vernon Street.
Studio portraits of Nelson residents taken by A. Renwick in the 1960s
In the 1930s, Renwick started a grocery business called Renwick and Romano. He left Nelson in the early 1940s and graduated from a photography school in Chicago in 1942.
After obtaining his training, Renwick returned to Nelson and opened Renwick’s Portrait Studio on 316 Baker Street. The studio moved to 577 Ward in 1958 and remained at this location until the business closed in 1984 after his dead, aged 75.
As a business that was active for more than forty years, Renwick’s Portrait Studio photographed thousands of Nelson residents. In addition to earning the confidence of the Kootenay Doukhobor community, the studio also photographed such notable residents as the Bishop of Nelson, Martin Michael Johnson (1899-1975), and Mayor Louis Maglio (1917-2007).
These vintage photos from Touchstones Nelson are part of his work that Renwick took portraits of Nelson residents at Renwick’s Portrait Studio during the 1960.